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See Homepage. This page: A copy of the Lancashire & Cheshire club's Bulletin from February 1947.

A post-war motor club Bulletin.

A number of older car club magazines and newsletter now feature in this area of the site. The Bulletin featured below relates to the Lancashire & Cheshire Car Club, and was printed in February 1947. It consists of a simple piece of folded card, into which copies of typewritten articles are placed. The modest cover incorporates the club's title and logo (a badge for which I had on my A40 Devon), and a reminder that the club's President was no less a motorsport personality than Mr Raymond Mays, of ERA and later BRM fame.
The Lancashire & Cheshire Car Club Bulletin from 1947
The Lancashire & Cheshire Car Club (L&CCC) was formed in 1933, pulling together a number of smaller groups whose members were interested in competitive activities (two- and four-wheeled). Amongst other things they organised driving tests, off-road trials and sprints throughout the 1930's. The club grew and prospered following WW2, and continues to this day, organising trials and sprints across the North West of England, and North Wales (L&CCC site link).

Inside the Feb 1947 Bulletin.

No doubt the club's current magazines are slick and colourful affairs, but in the early years following the war there wouldn't have been the to produce anything more lavish than the Bulletin shown above. In 1947 the Honoury Secretary was R.M. Powell of Whalley Range in Manchester. This issue was just the seventh to be produced, in the first volume.
The Bulletin kicks off with a two-page article by F.G. Taylor of Marple Bridge, where he recounts his progress with building a one-off special, known as Calamity Jane. Seemingly the build of this car hadn't been without issue, as this excerpt illustrates:
The next bit of bother was coming down the local hair raiser, when a series of sharp cracks, and shudders reverberated under the floor-boards. On inspection I found that one bolt minus the nut was my only link 'twixt engine and back axle (plus the prop shaft of course). This was righted at home, and after a hearty attack on a local sand pit during which I was forced to utilise one horse, the engine started to rattle.
I am a mild man by nature, but if I could have been seen at that moment you would not have recognised me. I coupled together all sorts of words in all sorts of combinations. However I took the little beast home, and locked it in the garage, and swore I would never touch it again. In fact I would have burnt the ruddy thing if I could have afforded the luxury.
Does anyone remember the car known as Calamity Jane, or perhaps its owner, Mr Taylor? Even better, do any photos of the car exist?
There then followed a write-up of a driving test held in Stockport, within the grounds of the Armoury in Greek Street, a joint meeting of L&CCC members and the Police (evening all). The tests involved a stop/go course, where cars had to accelerate around and negotiate a series of lines. The Police cars are simply described as V8s (Fords perhaps?), and a variety of club cars are mentioned including an Austin 7, the ex-Tommy Wise CW8 (??), and the BMW Type 55 of Syd Rowlands. Next in the list of events to tackle was a Figure-of-Eight run, with the Police team's cars being described with great enthusiasm:
The performance of the V8 saloons handled by the Police was positively awe-inspiring. Never have tyres flexed so far, and bodies heeled over to such angles. In fact the sight has really put us off attempting smash and grab raids in Stockport.
Further tests included the zig-zag, garaging, and the negotiation of various pylons whilst sporting a blindfold.

Members' Correspondence.

A couple of members' letters and advertisements are listed on Page 6. Mr Taylor (of Calamity Jane fame) writes, asking for advice on useful applications that he could put a Pranger 7 cylinder flat-twin aero engine into. It seems that life with his special had proved too much to bear, because Mr Taylor's letter is immediately followed by an advert for his car, described as follows:
"Calamity Jane" basically a 1927 Austin Chummy, now fitted with 1934 engine and 4 speed box, with complete spare 1934 engine, clutch & gearbox (less starter).
Where did this Austin 7 Chummy special end up I wonder?
More items of paperwork relating to older cars and motor clubs can be found in the Motoring Collectables section.

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